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Valpo’s Baum Earns Horizon League’s Weekly Tennis Honor
Chris Baum earned his first Horizon League Athlete of the Week honor. (Ray Acevedo)
Chris Baum earned his first Horizon League Athlete of the Week honor. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Valparaiso University’s Chris Baum (Charlotte, N.C./Providence H.S.) has been named the Horizon League Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week for his role in the Crusaders’ 4-3 victory at Dayton on Saturday afternoon.

The redshirt-junior teamed with Adam Whitmer (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview H.S.) for an 8-5 victory at number one doubles as Valpo swept the day’s opening point.  The duo now leads the Brown and Gold with five doubles wins on the year.

Baum then posted a 6-2, 6-3 victory at number one singles to increase his record to 7-3 in 2011-2012.  The singles triumph marked the 30th in Baum’s two-plus year career at Valpo.

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Baum’s career with the Crusaders.

Baum and the Crusaders (1-1) will return to action on Saturday afternoon for their indoor home opener.  Valpo will host Grace beginning at 3 p.m. at Matchpoint Tennis Club in Griffith, Ind.